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"BUCHAN. Of local origin from the district of the name in Aberdeenshire. Ricardus de Buchan was clerk of the bishopric of Aberdeen c. 1207-08 (RAA., i, p. 138), and William de Buchan held land in Aberdeen in 1281 (REA., n, p. 278). Thomas de Boghan of Edinburghshire rendered homage in 1296. His seal bears an eight-rayed figure and S" Thomae de Bvcan (Bain, n, p. 208, 553). Malcolm and Patrick de Buchane were tenants of the Douglas in the barony of Morton in 1376 (RHM., i, p. Ivi). Walter de Bochane or Bucchan, canon of St. Magnus cathedral in 1369 appears as archdeacon of Shetland in 1391 (Diplomatarium Noneglcum, i, p. 404; n, p. 402; RMS., i, 824). Richard of Bughwan, a Scot, was illegally arrested at Lowestoff in 1405 (Bain, rv, 690), William de Buchane was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1436, Thomas and William Bughan in 1477 (NSCM., i, p. 4, 26), and Duncan Buchane was burgess of Abberbrothoc in 1458 (RAA., n, 115). The Buchans of Auchmacoy (Logie-Buchan parish) were one of the principal families of the name. Andrew Buchan of Achmakwy was on the assize for settling the boundaries between the lands of St. Peter's Hospital in Old Aberdeen and the neighboring property of the Cottoun in 1446 (REA., i, p. 245). Bicthaine and Bucthaine 1645, Bowchane 1499, Buccam 1515, Bucchaine 1649, Buchtaine 1645, Buquhan 1556. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Some Famous People with the surname of Buchan

Wikipedia Peter Buchan (1790 ? September 19, 1854), Scottish editor, was born at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
Wikipedia John Crawford Buchan (1892 ? 1918) was a British Army Officer in the First World War, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Wikipedia Martin McLean Buchan (born 6 March 1949 in Aberdeen) was a Scottish football player.
Wikipedia Isabella MacDuff, Countess of Buchan (was a significant figure in the Wars of Scottish Independence.
Wikipedia Charles Murray Buchan (22 September 1891 ? 25 June 1960) was an English football player and writer.
Wikipedia Janey O'Neil Buchan (n?e Kent), (b.
Wikipedia Gartnait of Buchan is the first Mormaer of Buchan to be known by name "as Mormaer".
Wikipedia Fergus of Buchan was the last native Gaelic Mormaer of Buchan, and only the third to be known by name as Mormaer.
Wikipedia Bryan Buchan (born 1945) is a Canadian author of children's stories.
Wikipedia John Stewart, Earl of Buchan, (c.
Wikipedia John Comyn, Earl of Buchan (died 1308) was a Scottish nobleman and an important opponent of King Robert I of Scotland in the civil war that paralleled the War of Scottish Independence.
Wikipedia James Buchan (born in Perth in 1881) was a Scottish footballer.
Wikipedia Martin James (Jamie) Buchan (born 3 April, 1977 in Manchester, England) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Montrose.
Wikipedia William Ralston Murray "Willie" Buchan (October 17 1914 ? July 6 2003) was a Scottish professional football player and manager.
Wikipedia Andrew Buchan (born 19 February 1979) is an English actor.
Wikipedia Adrian 'Ace' Buchan (born 21 September 1982, Avoca Beach, Australia) is a professional Australian surfer.